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New Skills Centre for UCC students

18 Oct
Prof John O Halloran sits in on the How to Build an Argument session delivered by Alice Mulcahy, PhD Candidate and Skills Centre tutor.

The recently launched Skills Centre, located in Boole Library Q-1, provides a dedicated and active learning space that can cater to individual student needs. Students can avail of sessions which are designed to assist in areas of
study skills and writing.

Our enthusiastic tutors are drawn from UCC’s staff and postgraduate communities. They have undertaken the CPD certified Foundation in Tutor Development with Dr Marian McCarthy and Dr Brian Butler of CIRTL. Key to this training, were inputs from Ms Marian Browne, Student Counselling and Development and Disability Support Services. Our tutors embrace diversity, and provide an engaging and friendly service for the entire student body.
The Skills Centre recently held its launch event, Speed Dating with Skills.This provided a fun and interactive introduction to the different sessions on offer.


Students (and staff!) were given the opportunity to go on fifteen-minute ‘dates’ with areas like note-taking and essay-writing. For an overview of the evening please visit http://skillscentre.ucc.ie/speed-dating-skills/. At the Skills Centre students can discuss their writing needs on a one-to-one basis with trained, capable tutors. The tutors aim to guide and collaborate with the students so that they may learn the skills and strategies required to
successfully communicate their ideas. Tutors engage with students in active planning, drafting, and revision of their work. The tutor team have designed a range of excellent interactive, student-oriented sessions that are designed to inspire and motivate students to take responsibility for their learning and to encourage practice and experimentation. Details of all sessions are available on our website http://skillscentre.ucc.ie

Office of the VP for Teaching and Learning

East Wing, Main Quadrangle, UCC

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